This is a respectful invitation to my Muslim friends to consider following the Isa Al Masi who is revealed in the Torah, Zabur, and Injil.
I love my Muslim friends. They are hospitable and generous and kind. They are peaceful people who seek to live peacefully with others.
It is often much easier to talk with my Muslim friends about spiritual things than my American non-Muslim friends. The Muslims I know are not ashamed that they love and seek Allah. I can have a conversation with my Muslim friend and know that we are both together seeking the Kingdom of Allah.
At the heart of the Muslim is the desire to submit to Allah. The word “Muslim” means one who submits to Allah in peace. I love this about my Muslim brothers and sisters.
Islam is one of the great monotheistic religions that proclaims along with Christianity and Judaism that “Allah is one” (Deut 6:4).
Islam and Christianity have in common dozens of the same prophets such as Ibrahim, Musa, Dawud, Yahya, Ayyub, Isa Al Masih, and many others.
Most significantly, I think, Muslims and Christians have the Torah, Zabur, and Injil in common as the Holy Scripture.
What does the Quran say about the Torah, Zabur, and the Injil?
The Quran repeatedly claims that it confirms the Scripture that came before it: the Torah, the Zabur, the Injil:
“He sent down to you the Book with the Truth, confirming what came before it; and He sent down the Torah and the Injil.” (Quran 3.3)
“So let the people of the Injil rule according to what Allah revealed in it. Those who do not rule according to what Allah revealed are the sinners. And We revealed to you the Book, with truth, confirming the Scripture that preceded it, and superseding it.” (Quran 5.47-48)
“This too is a Scripture that We revealed—blessed—verifying what preceded it, that you may warn the Mother of Cities and all around it. Those who believe in the Hereafter believe in it, and are dedicated to their prayers.” (Quran 6.92)
The Quran claims that the reason you can know that the Quran is from Allah is that it confirms the Scripture that preceded it:
“This Quran could not have been produced by anyone other than Allah. In fact, it is a confirmation of what preceded it, and an elaboration of the Book. There is no doubt about it—it is from the Lord of the Universe.” (Quran 10:37)
The Quran tells the reader that if he or she doubts the Quran, then ask the people who read the Torah and the Injil if the Quran is the Word of God. In other words, the Quran is saying that the Torah and the Injil will give you confidence that the Quran is a holy book from Allah:
“If you are in doubt about what We revealed to you, ask those who read the Scripture before you. The truth has come to you from your Lord, so do not be of those who doubt.”
“Say, “O People of the Scripture! You have no basis until you uphold the Torah, and the Injil, and what is revealed to you from your Lord.” (Quran 5.68)
The above are only a small number of the many Iyahs in the Quran which teach that Quran confirms what came before it.
The Quran likewise confirms that the Word of Allah – being completed in the Quran – cannot be changed:
“The Word of your Lord has been completed, in truth and justice. There is no changing to His words. He is the Hearer, the Knower.” (Quran 6.15).
“And recite what was revealed to you from the Book of your Lord. There is no changing His words, and you will find no refuge except in Him.” (Quran 18:27)
This is clear teaching from the Quran that shows that the Word of Allah is not something that man can changed.
The Quran claims that man has “twisted the Scriptures with their tongue”, but nowhere does the Quran teach that the writing of the Word of Allah (the Scripture) has been changed. In fact, the Quran teaches the opposite.
The Torah and the Injil likewise teach that the Scriptures cannot be changed:
Isaiah 40:7-8: “The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our Allah will stand forever. “
The Injil concludes with this powerful warning:
Revelation 22:18-19: “And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the words of prophecy written in this book [The Torah, Zabur and Injil]: If anyone adds anything to what is written here, Allah will add to that person the plagues described in this book. And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, Allah will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book.”
We also see that the Scripture, the Torah and the Zabur and the Injil, are all breathed out by Allah; they are Allah’s very Word to humanity:
2 Timothy 3:15-17: “You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Isa al Masih. All Scripture is breathed out by Allah and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. Allah uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
If we are to be “Muslims” (people submitted to Allah) then we must submit to his Word. We must believe and follow what his Word teaches. If we reject Allah’s Word then we reject Allah.
So, as a person of the book, I want to take the advice I find in the Quran to “uphold the Torah, and the Injil, and what is revealed to me from my Lord” (Quran 5.68) and consider what it has to say about Isa the Messiah, Isa Al Masih.
Who is Isa Al Masih according to the Torah, Zabur, and the Injil?
I would respectfully request that my Muslim friends read through these Scriptures carefully and prayerfully. Clearly the Quran itself claims that the Torah and Injil are Allah’s Scripture, the Word of Allah. All of these Scriptures can be found in manuscripts dating hundreds of years before the prophet Mohammad.
Isa is the Promised Anointed One, the Messiah, from the Hebrew Scripture.
The Hebrew Bible promised an Anointed One, a Messiah, who would save the world from sin (Gen 3:15; 2 Sam 7; Isaiah 53).
The Injil shows us that Isa himself is this Messiah:
“When Isa came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living Allah.”Isa replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.” (Matthew 16:13-16)
“‘The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Isa told her, “I AM the Messiah!”’” (John 4:25-26)
Isa is a Prophet of Allah who speaks Allah’s Word.
When the people from Isa’ hometown reject his teaching he says this:
“A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” (Mark 6:3)
Isa is said to be the prophet who was promised by Moses:
“But Allah was fulfilling what all the prophets had foretold about the Messiah—that he must suffer these things. Now repent of your sins and turn to Allah, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Isa, your appointed Messiah. For he must remain in heaven until the time for the final restoration of all things, as Allah promised long ago through his holy prophets. Moses said, ‘The LORD your Allah will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your own people. Listen carefully to everything he tells you.’ Then Moses said, ‘Anyone who will not listen to that Prophet will be completely cut off from Allah’s people.’” (Acts 3:18-23)
Isa is the Savior of the World.
Luke 2:11: The Savior–yes, the Messiah, the Lord–has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
John 4:42: Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”
Acts 5:31 Then Allah put him [Isa] in the place of honor at his right hand as Prince and Savior. He did this so the people of Israel would repent of their sins and be forgiven.
Acts 13:23 And it is one of King David’s descendants, Isa, who is Allah’s promised Savior of Israel!
Phil 3:20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Isa al Masih lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.
2 Tim 1:10 And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Isa al Masih, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.
Titus 2:13 ….we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great Allah and Savior, Isa al Masih, will be revealed.
Titus 3:4,6 But–When Allah our Savior revealed his kindness and love, … He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Isa al Masih our Savior.
2 Peter 1:1 This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Isa al Masih, our Allah and Savior. …
2 Peter 3:18 Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Isa al Masih. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.
1 John 4:14 Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
1 John 5:10 20 And we know that the Son of Allah has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true Allah. And now we live in fellowship with the true Allah because we live in fellowship with his Son, Isa Al Masi. He is the only true Allah, and he is eternal life.
Jude 1:25 All glory to him who alone is Allah, our Savior through Isa al Masih our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.
Isa is the Son of Allah.
Matthew 3:16-17: “After his baptism, as Isa came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of Allah descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.””
Mark 1:10-11: “As Isa came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”
Hebrews 1:1-4: “Long ago Allah spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. Allah promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates Allah’s own glory and expresses the very character of Allah, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic Allah in heaven. This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name Allah gave him is greater than their names. “
Psalms (Zabur) 2:10-12:“Now then, you kings, act wisely! Be warned, you rulers of the earth! Serve the LORD with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling. Submit to Allah’s royal Son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities— for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him!”
1 John 2:22-24: “And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Isa is not the Messiah. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist. Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”
John 3:16-18: “For this is how Allah loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. Allah sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in Allah’s one and only Son.”
I hope and pray that my Muslim friends will consider these Scriptures. I do not believe it is important for Muslims to convert to Christianity, or for Christians to convert to Islam. Rather, I believe it is important for all of us to submit to Allah (be “Muslim”) and therefore submit to his Word.
My hope and prayer is that we will come before Allah and ask him with a true heart, “What is the meaning of these Scriptures? Please show me who Isa is.”